Category: Diy

DIYDIY Gold Dot Champagne Flutes

Whether you’re throwing a swank holiday soiree or looking for easy and unique gifts for your friends and family this season, these chic DIY gold dot champagne flutes are sure to awe! Serve up some sparkling apple crisp cocktails in these bubbly flutes, paired with our favorite bacon wrapped dates appetizer, and your party will be the talk of the town for years to come! Since you can use any household nail polish, the color combinations are totally endless!

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Materials:

-Set of champagne flutes

-Metallic gold or silver nail polish

-Pointed Q-tips (can be found at your local drug store)

-Disposable tray

 

Directions:

1. Shake your nail polish well, then pour a nickel-sized circle of polish into the tray

2. Dip the Q-tip into the nail polish and start to add dots to the bottom of the champagne flute, spacing the dots out more as you reach the top of the glass

3. Let the polish dry and gently hand wash the flutes before serving bubbly in them!

 

*Tip: We recommend only pouring out enough polish for one glass at a time as the polish will get dry and tacky, making your dots uneven!

 

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Note: Be sure to gently hand wash these only!

DIYDIY Sequin Pillow

If you’re looking for an easy, chic, and totally unique gift to give to your girlfriends for the holidays, these DIY sequin pillows fit the bill! With a couple of materials and the easiest steps EVER, you’ll be the gift-giving extraordinaire of the year! We chose a few simple, chic designs, but feel free to get creative and design something that is completely personalized…the possibilities are endless!

DIY Sequin Pillow

Materials:

-Sequin Ribbon

-Scissors

-Tacky Glue

-Pillow

-Pencil

 

Directions:

1. With the pencil, draw a light outline of your design on the pillow

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2. Carefully trace the pencil with a layer of tacky glue

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3. Gently lay the sequin ribbon on top of the glue, using the scissors to cut pieces of the ribbon so it doesn’t overlap itself too much

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4. The glue takes a few minutes to dry, so you can slightly adjust your letters to be in the perfect place in the meantime

5. Use a little extra glue on the ends so the sequin ribbons don’t unravel over time

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What do you plan on putting on your pillows?

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DIYBacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese Recipe

Show up at Friendsgiving this year with a plate of these bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese (A.K.A. bites of heaven) and everyone will ask you when you found the time to go culinary school! Creamy goat cheese and savory bacon mixed with sweet, sugary dates makes for a complex and exquisite flavor that will rival any five-star restaurant! With three simple ingredients and thirty minutes, you’ll have a deluxe and delicious appetizer that will have absolutely everyone impressed!

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese

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Ingredients:

-1 16 oz. package of dried Medjool Dates (can be found in the produce section of Trader Joe’s)

-1 12 oz. package of bacon, slices cut in half widthwise

-1 4 oz. package of Goat Cheese (Pecorino, Asiago, Manchego, Feta, or Bleu Cheese will work too)

-Toothpicks

-Paprika

-Brown Sugar (optional)

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Using a small knife slice a slit in the dates lengthwise and remove pits.

3. Fill each date with about a 1/2 teaspoon of cheese, depending on its size.

4. Wrap dates with your half slices of bacon, securing the overlapping ends of bacon together with a toothpick.

5. Arrange dates on rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with paprika.

6. Bake the dates for about 7-8 minutes or until browned on the bottom and turn (now’s the time to add the brown sugar). Cook for another 7-8 minutes or until the bacon is cooked and a little crispy, and the cheese is slightly browned.

7. Let these cool for several minutes and then enjoy!

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P.S. For a vegan/vegetarian version, you can use soy bacon and replace the cheese with almonds!

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These babies go fast, so we recommend doubling or even tripling the recipe if you’re serving for a large crowd! Drooling yet?

 

BeautyLuLu*s Get the Glow: DIY Coconut Coffee Scrub Cubes

Want to hydrate and tone your skin, reduce cellulite and stretch marks, and feel energized all with one beauty product? Keep reading! Our DIY coconut coffee scrub cubes are not only super easy to make, but you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen! Use this exfoliating scrub on your skin in the morning and you might even get an extra boost of energy!

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With two stretch mark and cellulite-fighting ingredients, the powerful combination of coconut oil and coffee grounds is great for your skin and smells heavenly, too! Coffee is not only packed with antioxidants making it anti-aging and detoxifying, it is a natural astringent that (temporarily) makes your skin tighter and firmer. Coconut oil is one of our favorite beauty products because of its many amazing benefits (read more about it here) and has tons of Vitamin E, which is the ultimate anti-aging vitamin. It is a great moisturizer that delays wrinkles and sagging, plus its antibacterial properties help prevent breakouts!

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What You’ll Need:

-1/2 cup coconut oil (We like Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One Organic Virgin Coconut Oil)

-1/4 – 1/2 cup freshly ground coffee beans depending on how much you want to exfoliate (you can use your leftover morning grounds)

-Ice cube tray or mini muffin tin (regular size muffin tin will work)

 

Directions:

1. Microwave your coconut oil briefly to soften

2. Combine coffee grounds and coconut oil, stir well

3. Pour mixture into ice cube tray or muffin tin

4. Place in the freezer until cubes are hardened

5. Pop your cubes out and store in an airtight container in the fridge/freezer

6. Several hours before using, take a cube out and let it soften to room temperature

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Double or triple your batch and have great homemade presents to give to friends and family for Christmas!

DIYSparkling Apple Crisp Cocktail

We went in search of a cocktail that captured the essence of autumn, and what we found is quite exquisite! Pleasing to all the senses, the Sparkling Apple Crisp Cocktail captures the refreshing sweetness of autumn apples, the sultry taste of brandy, and the pleasant sparkle of champagne! It’s cozy enough for a night-in playing board games with your boyfriend, and sophisticated enough to impress any guest at your next holiday soiree! Whip this drink up and have all your friends in awe in no time!

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Ingredients:

-1.5 oz Applejack Brandy

-3 oz Sparkling Apple Cider

-3 oz Champagne (chilled)

-1 Red Apple

-Cinnamon sticks

-Cinnamon and sugar mixture poured evenly on a saucer or plate

-Lemon Wedge

-Ice Cubes

 

Directions:

1. Cut a half inch slit into a lemon wedge and rub it around the rim of the glass

2. Turn the glass upside down and dip it into the cinnamon and sugar mixture, slowly twisting the glass to ensure even coverage, and gently shake off excess sugar

3. Pour the brandy, apple cider, and champagne into the glass and stir well

4. Add 2-3 ice cubes (optional), and garnish with a cinnamon stick and slice of red apple

 

Enjoy!

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